Symposium: Radical Materialities

March 13, 2020 10:00 am - March 14, 2020 1:30 pm

On the occasion of the exhibition Linderism, a survey of the work of British artist Linder, Kettle’s Yard and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art are hosting a two-day conference that reflects on Linder’s five-decade-long career, and the many contexts in which she has practised. Best known for her photomontages, Linder’s work is central to histories of feminist art and experimental art practice. She has both broken down barriers between art and popular culture, and explored complex and obscured histories. Her work ranges from photomontage, to collage, to photography, to music, performance and sculpture. It defies categorisation in its radical materiality.

13 March 2020  – Murray Edwards College, Cambridge

14 March 2020 – Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

The conference is a free event, but you must book a ticket for each day separately.

Day 1: Conference Programme

Friday 13 March 2020 – Murray Edwards College, Cambridge

10.00–10.30: Registration

10.30–10.45: Welcome by Andrew Nairne and Amy Tobin (Kettle’s Yard)

10.45–11.45: Dawn Ades (University of Essex) and Linder in conversation

11.45–12.15: Coffee

12.15–13.30: Session 1 – Chair: James Boaden (University of York)

12.15–12.35: Yuval Etgar (Luxembourg & Dayan, London & University of Oxford), Under Covers: Feminist Strategies in Artists’ Magazines of the late 1970s in Britain and the USA

12.35–12.55: Maria Elena Buszek (University of Colorado Denver), “Danger Came Smiling: Linder Sterling and punk feminism”

12.55–13.30: Discussion/Q&A

13.30–14.30: Lunch (not provided)

14.30–15.45: Session 2 – Chair: Alyce Mahon (University of Cambridge)

14.30–14.50: Francis Summers (University of Creative Arts, Rochester), Profanation in the Field of Vision: Linder’s Food Porn

14.50–15.10: Naomi Polonsky (Curator and Arts Writer), Linder and Lust: the Aesthetics & Erotics of Pornography in Linder’s Photomontages

15.10–15.40: Discussion/Q&A

15.40–16.00: Comfort Break         

16.00–16.30: Jon Savage (Writer and Broadcaster), The Secret Public

16.30–17.00: Final discussion

17.00–17.30: Tour of the New Hall Art Collection, Murray Edwards College by Harriet Loffler (Curator, New Hall)

17.30–18.30: Drinks reception



Day 2: Conference Programme

Saturday 14 March 2020 – Kettle’s Yard, Clore Learning Studio, Cambridge

10.30: Welcome

10.30–11.45: Session 3 – Chair: Anna Reid (Paul Mellon Centre)

10.30–10.50: Adele Patrick (Glasgow Women’s Library), Glamorous Excess and the Charms of Linderism: Episodes of Critical, Creative and Curatorial Clairvoyance.

10.50–11.10: Mark Bradley (University of Nottingham), Linder, Layers and the ‘Lower Senses’: Classical Bodies, Sensation and Sensibilities in Linder Sterling’s Photomontage

11.10–11.45: Discussion/Q&A

11.45–12.15: Coffee

12.15–13.30: Session 4 – Chair: Amy Tobin (Kettle’s Yard/History of Art)

12.15–12.35: Paul Clinton (Writer, Curator and Editor), Rough Around the Edges: Linder On Class and Taste

12.35–12.55: Adrian Shaw (Tate), Performance as Refrain

12.55–13.30: Q&A/Final Discussion

13.30: Closing remarks by Amy Tobin (Kettle’s Yard)

Visit Linderism

18.30: Performance: Bower of Bliss: An Improper Architecture

Join us for a new performance with music and dance in the New Hall Art Collection at Murray Edwards College

Tickets for the performance must be purchased separately – conference attendees can select the concession rate of £5.00



Image: Linder, Superautomatisme Ballets Russes I, 2015, enamel on magazine page, 25.8 x 20.6 cm, 10 1/8 x 8 1/8 ins